Men's Basketball: Dinos keep rolling, clinch playoff spot

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The University of Calgary men's basketball team is playoff-bound thanks to another pair of weekend victories. Wins over the University of Manitoba Bisons and the University of Winnipeg Wesmen bring the Dinos winning streak to four games and improve their season record to 10­-10.

The Fri., Feb. 2 match against the Bisons was extremely close as the Dinos found themselves down 35-34 at the half. The Bisons had a chance to win the game with seconds to go, nailing a three point shot that brought them to within a point of the Dinos. But the Bisons took a foul and the Dinos nailed both shots, giving the Dinos an 88-84 lead they wouldn't surrender with four seconds left.

Josh Feist and Cody Darrah led the charge for the Dinos with 20 and 18 points respectively, Robbie Sihota recorded a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Sat., Feb. 3, the Dinos needed overtime to drop the Wesmen. This win, combined with a University of Lethbridge Pronghorns' loss, officially clinched a playoff spot for the Dinos. The Dinos led 37-24 at the half and seemed to be in control of the game but their lead quickly crumbled in the second half.

The Wesmen opened the second half up with a 15-0 run and took a 39-37 lead four minutes into it. The lead held up until there was 40 seconds left, when the Dinos tied the game up at 73 points apiece with a two-point shot and free throw, sending the game into OT.

In the extra session, the Dinos outscored the Wesmen 15-11 and secured their fourth win in a row.

The Dinos close out the season at home against the University of Saskatchewan Huskies Feb. 9-10. The Huskies have been playing inconsistent basketball lately, going just 2-2 in their last four games.

The Huskies have one of the best offensive duos in Canada West basketball in forward Andrew Spagrud and guard Rejean Chabot.

Spagrud currently averages 24 points per game, the highest average in the league, while Chabot averages nearly 17 per game, good for 25th spot. The Dinos have had mixed success defending against Spagrud and Chabot in their two losses against the Huskies. Spagrud has had game totals of 29 and 12 points and Chabot has had 27 and 19.

Keeping Spagrud and Chabot under control will go a long way in determining how the Dinos fare this weekend.